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COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 10, 2015- In advance of an expected
Friday vote on Trade
Promotion Authority (TPA), Ohio farm organizations are investing in a radio
campaign to get at least one conservative, Rep. Jim Jordan, to vote
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - The House of Representatives late Wednesday approved a bill that would repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and poultry products sold in the U.S., a move made in hopes of avoiding billions in economic retaliation from two major U.S. trading partners.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - In an effort to rally support for the reauthorization of higher nutrition standards mandated by the Child Nutrition Act, Democrats used a student cooking event today on Capitol Hill to showcase just how user-friendly those standards are.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - Senate Energy Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, opened her fourth and final hearing on comprehensive energy legislation Tuesday by promising that ending the 1970s ban on U.S. crude oil exports will create "more jobs, more revenues, more production, more security, and more diplomatic leverage on the international stage."
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - House Republican leaders are setting up a showdown vote Friday on the fast-track trade bill that the Obama administration says will clear the way for wrapping up negotiations on a Pacific Rim agreement.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - USDA today reduced its estimates for turkey production for this year and 2016, citing losses in commercial flocks caused by the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Estimates of egg production were also reduced for both years.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - The Obama administration's extensive rewrite of its Clean Water Act rule quelled some concerns raised by agriculture and raised some new issues, and did little if anything to slow the drive by Republican lawmakers to stop it from being implemented.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - The International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC), an arm of World Health Organization that classified the herbicide glyphosate as a (probable carcinogen,) recently met to review another widely used herbicide, 2,4-D, and the agricultural industry is bracing for similar results to be released later this month.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - Senate Republicans advanced legislation to kill the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule and set sweeping restrictions on what streams, ponds and wetlands the federal government can regulate.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - Last Thursday's World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruling against India's ban on imports of U.S. poultry may put a small crack in the barriers that India has erected against food and farm products, but it is not likely to fully open one of the world's most protectionist markets.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 - Among the many regulations the Obama administration is defending this year is a new rule requiring restaurants, supermarket delis and convenience stores to start disclosing calorie counts on menus and menu boards.
9, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Sally
Jewell announced Tuesday that this summer's fire season will be "above
average." Not only will it be hotter and longer than the norm, but the
Forest Service (FS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) say they have
better strategies for fighting wildland fires.
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2015 - As the House of Representatives readies a vote to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters of the controversial rule are making a last-ditch effort to save it from full repeal.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015- In anticipation of a close House vote on Trade Promotion Authority, HR 1314, the U.S. Trade Representative is putting on a full court press to let undecided members know that the majority of American agriculture is firmly behind passage of one of President Obama's key initiatives.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - House Republicans turned up their attack on President Obama's regulatory agenda, releasing a new spending bill that would block the new Clean Water Act as well as proposed greenhouse gas regulations on power plants.
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 - As the House of Representatives gears up for floor action on a bill to repeal meat labeling country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters are voicing their backing of the bill, hoping to avoid billions in economic sanctions.
This week's Open Mic features Representative Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially in regard to his home state’s dairy industry. He also discusses EPA’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. As a long-time farm bill critic, he also talks about further changes he’d like to see in crop insurance and other farm programs.